Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has contracted with Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. to produce a RoHS-compliant laptop that will be available in Wal-Mart's U.S. stores this spring. The move is part of Wal-Mart's goal of "offering sustainable products at affordable prices." The retailers have formed a collaborative group, Sustainable Value Networks, which brings together Wal-Mart, environmental organizations, suppliers and academicians in an effort to find ways to incorporate products and processes into the retail supply chain that are deemed sustainable.
The Toshiba-produced Satellite A55-S1064 includes a 1.60-GHz INTEL Celeron processor 380, 512 Mbyte DDR2 memory, 40 Gbyte hard drive and a 15-inch TruBrite display. It will be priced in most markets at less than $700.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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